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International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture - Competition Live Stream

04:30 - 19 September, 2016
International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture - Competition Live Stream, Watch the ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture present their daylight-inspired projects at the World Architecture Festival in a live streamed event!
Watch the ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture present their daylight-inspired projects at the World Architecture Festival in a live streamed event!

Watch the ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture present their daylight-inspired projects at the World Architecture Festival in a live streamed event before the jury selects the two global winners!

Peter Cook, Patrik Schumacher Lead List of Speakers at WAF 2016

11:30 - 12 August, 2016
Peter Cook, Patrik Schumacher Lead List of Speakers at WAF 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

The program for the 2016 edition of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has been announced. Being held from November 16-18 at the Arena Berlin, Germany, the festival will feature 3 days and 4 nights of events including conferences, lectures and seminars, architect-led city tours and networking opportunities, as well as live critiques of the 411 projects shortlisted for the 2016 WAF Awards. An all-star list of speakers will include leading architectural figures such as Patrik Schumacher, Ole Scheeren and Peter Cook.

This theme of this year’s festival is “Housing For Everyone.” Inspired by a variety of influences, markedly the condition of displaced communities of political and disaster refugees, lectures will focus on “the growing understanding of how demographics and global urbanization are forcing change; and the imperatives to create shelter at one end of the spectrum, and sufficiency for occupation and investment at the other.”

Nabil Gholam Architects Propose Unusual "Art Oasis" in Saudi Arabia

14:00 - 31 July, 2016
Nabil Gholam Architects Propose Unusual "Art Oasis" in Saudi Arabia, Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects
Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects

An unconventional hybrid comprised of an art center, retail outlets, restaurants and private residences forms a new "Arts Oasis" in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Designed by Nabil Gholam Architects, the project was shortlisted as a finalist in Commercial Mixed-Use - Future Projects category at the World Building of the Year Awards.

Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects +9

62 Projects Shortlisted for INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2016

14:00 - 18 July, 2016
62 Projects Shortlisted for INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2016

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors has announced the over 60 nominees being considered for the World Interior of the Year 2016 award. Occurring alongside the World Architecture Festival, INSIDE celebrates of the most original and exciting interiors. 

Nominations in the 9 categories include projects from across the globe. From bars and retail spaces to schools and hotels, the nominees will present their projects live during the festival in November. Read on for a complete list of the shortlisted projects and check out all of the projects in the image gallery.

What Makes a Good Project? A Guide to Successful Competition Entries

14:00 - 4 July, 2016
What Makes a Good Project? A Guide to Successful Competition Entries, World Building of the Year 2015 Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan
World Building of the Year 2015 Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan

The following is taken from ‘Design Review’, written by Peter Stewart for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), 2002. In light of the upcoming World Architecture Festival, whose finalists were announced this morning, Stewart gives a few tips on what makes a good project and a successful competition entry. 

The Roman architect Vitruvius suggested that the principal qualities of well- designed buildings are ‘commodity, firmness and delight’:

  • Commodity – buildings should be fit for the purpose for which they were designed
  • Firmness – they should be soundly built and durable
  • Delight – they should be good-looking; their design should please the eye and the mind. 

Shortlist Revealed for World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

08:30 - 4 July, 2016
Shortlist Revealed for World Architecture Festival Awards 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival have announced the shortlist for their 2016 awards, featuring 343 projects from 58 countries across 32 categories. As the world's largest architectural awards program, the shortlist contains completed and future projects from every corner of the globe.

All finalists will be invited to present their project live at the festival in November at the Arena Berlin in Germany to a "super jury" that will include Kai-Uwe Bergmann (BIG), Louisa Hutton (Sauerbruch Hutton), David Chipperfield, Ole Scheeren, and ArchDaily's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief David Basulto. A winner for each of the awards' 32 categories will be selected. From this, an overarching World Building or Future Project of the Year award will be selected. Tickets for the festival can be booked here.

World Architecture Festival to Address International Housing and Immigration Issues

08:00 - 1 May, 2016
World Architecture Festival to Address International Housing and Immigration Issues, Lars Krückeberg, Founding Partner of GRAFT (© Paulus Ponizak); Juergen Mayer, Founder of J. Mayer H. Image Courtesy of The World Architecture Festival
Lars Krückeberg, Founding Partner of GRAFT (© Paulus Ponizak); Juergen Mayer, Founder of J. Mayer H. Image Courtesy of The World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced that Lars Krückeberg, Founding Partner of GRAFT, and Juergen Mayer, Founder of J. Mayer H., will speak at this year's festival as part of a session titled ‘Architect as Instigator,’ exploring issues of housing, immigration, and how architects can drive social change through the buildings and spaces they create.

The world’s largest, annual, international architectural event, WAF will be held from November 16 to 18, at Franz Ahrens’ historic former bus depot now known as Arena Berlin, in BerlinGermany. WAF also features the biggest architectural awards programme in the world. Projects can be submitted for consideration for an award until May 19th via this link

World Architecture Festival Announces Judges for 2016

14:00 - 22 April, 2016
World Architecture Festival Announces Judges for 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the largest international gathering of architects, has announced its judges for 2016. The annual event, consisting of awards, a conference, and an exhibition, recognizes outstanding projects in a variety of categories, and is attended by over 2,000 visitors from 65 countries. This year's festival will be held from November 16-18, 2016 at Arena Berlin in Germany.

World Architecture Festival to Move to Berlin After Four Years in Singapore

06:00 - 4 March, 2016
World Architecture Festival to Move to Berlin After Four Years in Singapore

The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the largest annual international gathering of architects, is decamping from its four year home in Singapore for Berlin later this year. The annual event, consisting of awards, a conference, and an exhibition, recognizes outstanding projects in a variety of categories, and is attended by over 2,000 visitors from 65 countries. The venue for this year’s festival is the Berlin Arena, a bus terminal designed by Franz Ahrens in 1927 and repurposed as an event space in the 1990s. This is the ninth edition of the festival and the first to occur in Europe since 2011.

March Studio's Hotel Lobby in Australia Named World's Best Interior of 2015

14:00 - 9 November, 2015
March Studio's Hotel Lobby in Australia Named World's Best Interior of 2015, Winner: Hotel Hotel Lobby and Nishi Grand Stair Interior / March Studio. Image Courtesy of March Studio
Winner: Hotel Hotel Lobby and Nishi Grand Stair Interior / March Studio. Image Courtesy of March Studio

The "fragmented" lobby of Australia's Hotel Hotel in Canberra by March Studio has been named World Interior of the Year 2015. Announced at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors in Singapore, concurrently with the World Architecture Festival's Building of the Year award, the winning project was selected over 100 nominated and 50 shortlisted projects for being the best global interior completed within the last 12 months. It also took top prize in the award's hotel category. 

The project has created a "Bilbao effect" that has helped rejuvenate the area, said the judges. Adding, it's a "masterful integration of different spaces into a seamless and delightful interior."

OMA and Ole Scheeren's Interlace Named World Building of the Year 2015

13:01 - 6 November, 2015
OMA and Ole Scheeren's Interlace Named World Building of the Year 2015, World Building of the Year Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan
World Building of the Year Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan

OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren's vertical village in Singapore, The Interlace has been named the World Building of the Year 2015 at culmination of the World Architecture Festival (WAF). Celebrated for being "an example of bold, contemporary architectural thinking," as WAF Director Paul Finch described, the project is eighth building to ever win the illustrious award. It is considered to be a "radical new approach to contemporary living in a tropical environment."

Winners of the year's Future Project, Landscape, Small Project and Color Prize awards were also announced. Read on to see the who won with comments from the jury. 

Fernando Guerra Wins Arcaid Award for World's Best Building Image

12:06 - 6 November, 2015
Fernando Guerra Wins Arcaid Award for World's Best Building Image, Winner: EPFL Quartier Nord (Ecublens, Switzerland) / Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés'. Image © Fernando Guerra
Winner: EPFL Quartier Nord (Ecublens, Switzerland) / Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés'. Image © Fernando Guerra

Fernando Guerra's stunning image of Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés' EPFL Quartier Nord in Ecublens, Switzerland, has won the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award. Announced at the ongoing World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore, the image was selected by a panel of judges for its ability to "translate the sophistication of architecture into a readable and understandable two dimensions."

"The architecture itself is the focus and the image regarded only as the medium. The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award aims to put the focus onto the skill and creativity of the photographer," said the Award's organizers.

Each shortlisted image was judged on the merits of the photography for composition, sense of place, atmosphere and use of scale; Guerra had the highest scoring image overall. 

"The high level of photography has made it a very difficult the task to choose the winners. The most important thing for us has been the concept and atmosphere of the images. How they have been perceived and expressed through the creativity and inspiration of the photographer," said architects and jury members Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga.

The runners up included...

WAF Day 2 Winners Announced

08:30 - 5 November, 2015
WAF Day 2 Winners Announced, World Architecture Festival, the world's largest international architectural event, has today announced the second of two sets of category winners for 2015.
World Architecture Festival, the world's largest international architectural event, has today announced the second of two sets of category winners for 2015.

The second group of winners of the World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) 2015 category awards have been announced today with BIG’s future Vancouver House in Canada and People's Architecture Office’s The Courtyard House Plugin in China among the awarded projects.

The 14 winners from day two of the festival will go on to compete against the winners of day one to receive the title World Building of the Year. The projects will be presented in front of a Super Jury, which includes Manuelle Gautrand, Sou Fujimoto and Peter Cook.

Check out the Day 1 winners here and view the Day 2 winners after the break. 

World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Category Winners

09:33 - 4 November, 2015
World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Category Winners, World Architecture Festival, the world's largest international architectural event, has today announced the first of two sets of category winners for 2015.
World Architecture Festival, the world's largest international architectural event, has today announced the first of two sets of category winners for 2015.

OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren, Populous, and a21 studio are among the first set of category winners of The World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) 2015 awards. Announced today during the festival’s opening, the winners of the categories will go on to compete on Friday for the title of the World Building of the Year 2015.

Held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from November 4-6, this year’s festival is centered on the theme 50:50, in honor of Singapore’s upcoming 50th anniversary as an independent country. In addition to hosting the world’s largest architectural awards program, WAF also features three days of conferences, architect-led city tours, documentary screenings, live crit presentations and networking opportunities.

View the full shortlist here, and see which 14 built and future projects took home awards after the break.  

World Architecture Festival 2015 Seminar Program

04:30 - 28 October, 2015
World Architecture Festival 2015 Seminar Program

World Architecture Festival has today announced the exciting seminar programme for this year’s event. Featuring some of the world’s premier architecture practices including BIG, SOM and Manuelle Gautrand, the talks programme will run alongside the annual WAF Awards and exhibition displays at the world famous Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 4 – 6 November.

20 of the World's Best Building Images Shortlisted for Arcaid Awards 2015

11:30 - 6 October, 2015

Arcaid has shortlisted 20 of the year's best architectural images for their 2015 awards - the annual Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The images will be presented in four categories - Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place, and Building in Use - and judged by an esteemed panel on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more. The winners will be considered for the Photographer of the Year Award, won last year by Hufton + Crow who now serves as a judge. 

The photographs will be showcased at World Architecture Festival 4-6 November at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, where the overall winner will be announced. All 20 images include: 

Photographer : Doublespace (Amanda Large & Younes Bounhar) / Architect : Regroupement d'Architectes El Kabbaj Photographer : Fernando Guerra / Architect : Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés Photographer : Mark Gorton / Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Photographer : Su Shengliang / Architect : Atelier Deshaus +21

9 Projects Shortlisted for WAF's Colour Prize

06:00 - 15 September, 2015
The winner of the 2014 Colour Prize - Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image ©  Ronald Kreimel
The winner of the 2014 Colour Prize - Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image © Ronald Kreimel

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the shortlist for its Colour Prize, which is supported by three-time Headline Sponsor AkzoNobel. Last year, the Innovative Use of Color on Exteriors Prize was awarded to the Vienna University of Economics and Business’ Department of Law and Central Administration, for its use of Copper Orange in a 200-meter-long pairing of buildings.

This year’s Color Prize shortlist includes nine projects that span the wide spectrum of WAF award categories:

Network and Expand Your Knowledge at WAF 2015

06:00 - 26 August, 2015
Network and Expand Your Knowledge at WAF 2015, WAF / INSIDE Delegate Brochure 2015. Courtesy of WAF.
WAF / INSIDE Delegate Brochure 2015. Courtesy of WAF.

In addition to hosting the world’s largest architectural awards program, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) also features three days of conferences, architect-led city tours, documentary screenings, live crit presentations and networking opportunities. To be held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, WAF will take place from November 4-6.

A major component of WAF is the opportunity to learn and expand one’s knowledge of current issues facing architecture and urbanism. Inspired by Singapore’s upcoming 50th anniversary as an independent country, the theme of this year’s conference series is 50:50, looking back on how architecture and urbanism have changed during the last 50 years, as well as forward on what may change or stay the same in the next 50 years to come. The conference will center around three key topics: Designing for Tomorrow; Imagining the Future; and Cities and Urbanism, featuring talks by Michael Sorkin, Peter Cook and Manuelle Gautrand, among many others.